The multiple changes in each version of “Where Did You Sleep Last Night?” represent the way time can influence and alter the meaning and tone of song. Although the lyrics are almost identical in each version, there are three unique sets of emotion expressed in the way they are sung. In Bill Monroe’s version we see the tension between the comparatively upbeat tempo and the rather depressing lyrics. But with Lead Belly’s and moreover in Nirvana’s interpretations the anguish and pain of the narrator’s situation is present. Cobain’s voice clearly demonstrates the concern and even fear for what his lover has done the previous night, while Monroe’s almost masques those emotions. The themes of adultery, loneliness, and death permeate throughout the songs but are present in varying ways. Monroe’s version embodies the confrontation between lyrics and music in Folk music that Ben was talking about in lecture on Tuesday. But we can see from the differences in Monroe and Cobain’s execution the immense change in the social climate between 1956 and 1993.